Published On: Mon, Apr 8th, 2019

Motion characteristics of human roller skating [RESEARCH ARTICLE]

Cover article – Serum-based inhibition of pitviper venom by eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi)

Eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi)

Image credit Scott Goetz: an eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi).

Scott Goetz and colleagues confirm eastern indigo snakes possess a physiological resistance to pitviper venom and speculate that venom resistance in snakes may be a product of antagonistic interactions and phylogenetically conserved traits.


Featured article – Antimicrobial potential of actinomycetes isolated from the unexplored hot Merzouga desert and their taxonomic diversity

Merzouga sand dunes

Merzouga sand dunes are among Morocco’s extreme environments. This unexplored ecosystem represents a habitat for the isolation of a high diversity of actinomycetes with antimicrobial potential and biotechnological applications. Lahcen Ouchari et al. share their screenings of 163 Actinobacteria isolates.

First authors Leon Green, Barbara Torsello, Mei-Fang Lin, Kyle Wegner, Maika Deffieu, Ana Cecilia Aliaga Fandino, Sarah Haßdenteufel and Annalisa Pinsino and Andi Alijagic

Have you seen our interviews with the early-career first authors of our papers? Recently, we caught up with first authors Leon Green, Barbara Torsello, Mei-Fang Lin, Kyle Wegner, Maika Deffieu, Ana Cecilia Aliaga Fandino, Sarah Haßdenteufel and Annalisa Pinsino and Andi Alijagic.


Journal meeting – Blood Disorders: Models, Mechanisms and Therapies

Journal meeting – Blood Disorders: Models, Mechanisms and Therapies

Don’t miss the discounted early-bird registration for our upcoming meeting on blood disorders and their treatment, organised by DMM Editor-in-Chief Monica JusticeNancy SpeckParesh Vyas and Leonard Zon. The meeting will bring together diverse front-line researchers, stimulating discussions across basic research and clinical disciplines, and fostering collaborative links among researchers. Early bird deadline: 19 April 2019.


Why should you publish your next paper in BiO?

Biology Open has strong credentials and publishing with us is easy and fast. BiO aims to provide rapid publication for scientifically sound observations and valid conclusions in developmental, cell, experimental and translational biology. Submit your paper here; you’ll be in good company.

Expression profiles of all hoxa genes by RNA-seq

Recent developmental biology highlights in BiO – Mariko Kondo and team conduct PCR analysis for de novo transcription of hox genes and suggest that temporal collinearity is not held for all hox genes during early development of Xenopus tropicalis.


Transfer to Biology Open

If your submission to one of our other journals, Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology or Disease Models Mechanisms, is unsuccessful, did you know you can transfer your paper and any reviews directly to Biology Open? The majority of papers transferred with reviews are accepted for publication. Find out how here.


preLights – Crowdfunded whole-genome sequencing of the celebrity cat Lil BUB identifies causal mutations for her osteopetrosis and polydactyly

preLighter Jesus Victorino

The celebrity cat Lil BUB had its genome sequenced to be precisely diagnosed with the two rare mutations responsible for her unique phenotype. Jesus Victorino highlights a preprint about the work from Daniel Ibrahim and team with the help of Gabriel Aughey.

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